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Drop The Rock!
2/9/2011

Drop The Rock!

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." John 8:7 (NKJV)

This is one of my favorite stories in the New Testament as we see a bunch of pious men asking Jesus about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery.  As these men hurled accusations against the woman, they began to tell Jesus how she should be put to death for her sin because it was Jewish law to do so for this offense.  When they questioned Jesus as to what He would say about this act, He said nothing.  Instead, He just bent down and began writing on the ground (John 8:8).

What followed was a great lesson, because as Jesus began to write, the accusers began to leave, with the oldest leaving first, until no one was left.  It is interesting as this is the only occasion on record referring to His writing. No one knows for sure what He wrote, but I suspect as He knelt down in front of each accuser, He began to write out some of their individual sins they had conducted throughout their lives.

We, too, can fall into the same trap as these men when we choose to look at the speck in our brother's eye when we have our own issues to deal with.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 (NKJV)

Satan has no control over the Born-Again Christian, as the power of sin has been broken (Rom. 8:21) unless we choose to give it back to him by believing in his lies.  Sometimes he will use other people, including Christians to attack us - focusing upon our past and the very things we have been forgiven of.  When this happens, we must acknowledge we are being attacked and then choose to cast aside these lying thoughts, and replace them with thoughts that are good and wholesome (2 Cor 10:5; Phil. 4:8).

If Satan himself came and accused you, it would mean nothing, so don't buy into the ignorance of those who will allow him to use them as a mouthpiece.  Remember, their accusing words have no more power or truth than his lies, and they only bring sin upon themselves as they attempt to judge others.

Paid in full means PAID IN FULL!  Who is anyone to condemn us when Christ died for our sin and declared us righteous when we accepted His payment?

The next time you find yourself tempted to accuse someone else of his or her transgression, be careful, because we all live in a glass house and are equally guilty of sin.  So he who is without sin, go ahead, pick up that rock.  As for me, I've chosen to drop my rock a long time ago.

STUDY QUESTION: How did Jesus handle the people who were ready to condemn the woman?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself wanting to condemn another person for their sin, and not forgiving them in the same manner with which you were forgiven?

APPLICATION: Ask God to show you areas in your life where you need to let Him be the Lord of your life; those areas that you haven't yet yielded.
 

Father, thank You for Your loving kindness, grace and mercy upon my life.  I pray You will bestow upon me Your Agape type of love so I can be gracious and forgiving to all who sin against me.  I pray You may be glorified in my actions and I acknowledge that apart from You I cannot do this.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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